Color Case Study: Blue Hues


I think we’re due for another installation of a color case study.  Today I’m focusing on one of my favorites – blues.  I never used to be big into blues, but I’m really drawn to them nowadays.  Shocker, right?  I mean, take a glimpse at my paint colors, and that’s pretty obvious.

The more I work with blues, the more I realize and appreciate what a great neutral they can be.  Think about it – pair a blue with orange, green, red or yellow, whether a bright or muted hue, and it works.  Never mind how well it plays with neutrals – a navy with a gray – true love.

Mysterious – Benjamin Moore

Certain shades of blue emit such a feeling of tranquility, I think that’s part of their draw and appeal.

Stony Brook – Benjamin Moore

Iceberg – Benjamin Moore

Woodlawn Blue – Benjamin Moore

Bold hues of blue are equally striking.  This peacock blue is just fantastic, isn’t it?

Jade Garden – Benjamin Moore

Windsurf – Behr

Tropicana Cabana – Benjamin Moore

Restoration Hardware – Dusk

Cedar Grove – Benjamin Moore

There’s always the option to take the color to the cabinets.  These laundry room cabinets are the same color that I have on my family room walls- Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore.  (The wall color is Silver Sage by Restoration Hardware – looks much more muted next to the Palladian Blue, doesn’t it?)  Silver Sage is also a timeless color that I featured on my Go Green Color Spotlight.  Love it.

Totally different feel on the cabinets vs. the walls.

I love a blue kitchen island too.  
Gravel Gray – Benjamin Moore  This really takes on a blue tone in this kitchen, doesn’t it?

I can’t track down the island color in this kitchen, but isn’t it gorgeous?  Such a fun, beachy vibe going on in here (even though the house is located in Seattle).  I think I would have to have a beachy feel in my home if I lived in a rainy locale like Seattle.

This bathroom vanity is actually Wrought Iron by Martha Stewart.  It reads a bit navy as well.  What a stunner!

Source: I Heart Organizing

This is a custom vanity in every way, including the color, but it was too beautiful not to share.  And that copper sink is fantastic!

And let’s not forget blue as an exterior paint color option.

Naval – Sherwin Williams

Blue Note – Benjamin Moore

Make sure to pay a visit to The Creativity Exchange today.  I’m talking about fresh front door colors!

Have a great day!


  • Reply
    Simply LKJ
    April 14, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I am loving them too. I recently painted a few pieces in BM Beach Glass and love. Such a subtle blue green.

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    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    April 14, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    blues always have my heart.

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    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    April 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Your Palladian Blue is so pretty and it really is amazing how different it looks on the cabinetry. That RH color Dusk on the planked walls of that bedroom above is pretty gorgeous too!

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    Bmore Bungalow
    April 15, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Palladian Blue is one of my favorite paint colors. It always looks great!

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    Kris @ Driven by Décor
    April 15, 2014 at 3:51 am

    I love blues and would love to have a blue room at some point. The color Mysterious is one of my favorites – looks so stunning!

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